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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is a serious and complex issue. It is a crime that remains largely hidden behind closed doors, leaving victims feeling trapped, powerless and isolated - afraid to say anything in case it makes a bad situation worse.

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However, abuse is rarely a one-off event. On average a victim will endure up to 50 assaults before seeking help. The level of abuse is likely to increase over time and could even result in murder.

Experience suggests that friends, families and neighbours are often aware or suspect that something is happening but, for one reason or another, are reluctant to get involved - this is a mistake. Domestic abuse ruins family life and has long term, serious consequences for everyone concerned.

The definition of domestic violence and abuse is:

"Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality".

The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

• Psychological

• Physical

• Sexual

• Financial

• Emotional

The website provides detailed information about what is domestic abuse and the legal remedies available to victims.

As a result of the HMIC recommendations, a Domestic Abuse Delivery Plan [223kb] has been created.

Unsure whether you are a victim of domestic abuse?

It is often very difficult to recognise when you are a victim of domestic abuse, whether this be violence, coercive control, harassment or any other form. A set of questions called 'DASH' has been devised for use by professionals working with domestic abuse, allowing us to identify offences and evaluate risk.

If you are unsure whether you are a victim of domestic abuse please click on the link below and ask yourself these questions. Once completed you can take it with you if you choose to report abuse to the police or other professionals.

Dash Risk checklist

How do I report domestic abuse?

Remember to always to call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.

You can also report domestic abuse in the following ways:

  • By calling 101
  • In person at your local police station
  • In person to a police officer